28 July 2012

Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Expected Publication: 31 July 2012 by HarlequinTeen

Pages: 384 (hardcover)

Genre/s: YA, Contemporary

Source: Publisher for review

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Synopsis (Goodreads)

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

My Thoughts

Contemporary YA and I have a rocky relationship - more often than not, I find them to be cheesy, unrealistic, or I just cannot connect with the characters. So I was more than a little wary going in to Pushing the Limits.

The characters, coupled with an intense story-line are what really made this book for me. I thought Echo was a great female character - smart and witty, yet vulnerable, with some pretty intense personal issues, and Noah, the bad-boy-on-the-outside with a heart of gold and a determination that was nothing short of admirable. The supporting characters - social workers, Echo and Noah's friends and family were all realistic in their actions and there was no cookie-cutter perfection.

Katie McGarry writes in such a way that you can't help but be completely sucked into the story - it's addictive, realistic and heart-breaking, all at the same time.

The plot of Pushing the Limits is incredibly well thought out - Echo's difficulties with her father and step-mother were realistic, and the gradual revealing of both Echo and Noah's stories kept my attention, and broke my heart, all the way through the book.

Only one thing stops me from giving this book five stars - some of the cheesy, cliched lines that, although they didn't dominate the dialogue, made me inwardly cringe a few times. But on the flip side, there were also some parts that made my cynical heart melt.

Pushing the Limits ends in just the right way - a great reflection of the character's growth, whilst being realistic - it wasn't a neat little package, but definitely wrapped things up nicely.


  1. This book stole my heart! It was so hearbreakingly awesome!! Noah and Echo were heartbreaking characters! Katie McGarry truly is a amazing new talent! :)

  2. The more I read about this book, the more desperate I become to give it a try! It sounds seriously fantastic. :o And I've also had a somewhat rocky relationship with contemporaries, so that you liked it THIS much is definitely promising! Gah, I cannot wait. :DD Love your review!

  3. I loved this book! Gave it 5 stars myself, but I dont mind the cheesiness. I'm so glad you liked it. I can't wait to read Beth's story.

  4. Haha, yeah! We had pretty much the same reading experience it seems. I also docked a half point for the cheesy dialog. Woo!

  5. I have heard so many good things about this book. I really want to read this one.



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